CMU traveled to Navy with not a lot to play for. A week after having a big win at home on senior day over your arch rival and a 3-7 record a late non conference game didn’t really mean anything for the Chippewas. However, CMU showed a lot of fight and played with great effor against a 7-3 Navy team that saw CMU lost a heart breaker 38-37. CMU scored with 4 seconds to go on a 4th and 2, but just like the Michigan State game last year and the Purdue game the year before CMU choose to go for two and the win instead of kicking the PAT for the tie and OT.
The first half it looked like neither defense would ever get a stop as CMU lead 24-21, and touchdowns were scored on 6 straight possessions. In the thrid quarter however CMU’s offense had some troubles while the Navy offense kept rolling.. or running as the case may be. Navy finished with 470 yards of total offense, 437 of that was on the ground. QB kriss Proctor rushed for 2o1 yards and a score on 20 carries, while RB Alexander Teich had 53 yards and 3 scores of his own. CMU on the other hand did its damage though the air. QB Ryan Radcliff had his best game of the year as he went 36-58 for 394 yards and 3 touchdowns, and the best part, no interceptions. 58 times is too much to throw the ball in a game, but if it is working and it is keeping you in the game, then you have to do it. CMU will need to continue to improve on their running game but Zurlon Tipton did have 62 yards rushing and two touchdowns. WR Cody Wilson was once again the star of the offense, as the sophomore had 13 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. Tight End David Blackburn, not used much yet in CMU’s offense, had 4 catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns for a very good day for for him. CMU did have too many drop passes as they dropped 7 in all, which of course is way too many, and also failed on a fake punt attempt but still could have tied the game against a very good Navy team if they wanted to.
CMU head coach Dan Enos and his staff did a great job after the big win against Western getting this team back up to play a non conference game on the road against a very good team, that really didn’t matter. CMU is now 3-8 and has one more game left November 26th at Toledo. CMU will have some time off in between to get ready for the Rockets who are coming off a big loss at NIU, which gives NIU the MAC West title. Finishing 3-9 or 4-8 may not be a big differences but it is always nice to win the last game of the year to make the players on the team feel good, and give the fans something positive in their minds as they think about the future. Toledo is a MAC west rival and not a lot of love is lost between the two schools. I expect CMU to once again come out ready to play and show that Chippewa pride that will at least keep them in the game.
About the Author
Written by Steve Schwanda
Proud 2006 grad of CMU. Chippewacountry.com basketball analyst, I love and follow most sports, but I follow basketball the most. Coached and worked camps for 8 years. Favorite pro teams are: NY Giants, Detroit Pistons, Tigers, and Wings